County Initiatives and Actions
The unanimous approval from the Planning Commission won by Busy Bee Organics on November 7th is being appealed to the Board of Supervisors. Support our local farmers in safeguarding their businesses, homes and livelihoods. Busy Bee’s Organics, run by Sara Rotman with her husband Nate, will meet with County Supervisors at a date to be determined later in November.
[Of Sara and Nate] Our respective farms have worked in harmony and had the happy experience of sharing expertise, resources and friendship as we worked our respective crops and flocks… Their sensitivity to their impact on their neighbors, their knowledge as farmers as well as their willingness to lend a hand when needed makes them the type of people we all hope will move in next door.
Since Sara and Nate moved to this part of the valley they have proven to be outstanding neighbors, friends, stewards of the land, animal lovers and honorable people. Their presence here has been of benefit to our community and my business. Together with their employees they have brought additional strength to our business and in doing so support to our local economy.
Always ready with a helpful hand, a hot cup of coffee or a home canned jar of tomatoes, Nate and Sara have become an integral part of what makes this area our beloved home. They can be relied upon to continue to operate their business as good friends and neighbors.
Please take a moment to lend your support to Sara and Nate with an email to the Board of Supervisors.
State policy initiatives
In September, Governor Newsom signed two Senate bills – SB 527 and SB 657 – which should benefit California’s cannabis growers in the long run, freeing up additional farmland for cannabis cultivation and enabling the state to compile annual reports on the California cannabis crop.
California Cannabis farmers, especially many of us who have transitioned from traditional crop farming and are moving toward a more diverse cultivation model that is more sustainable are very pleased and applaud the Governor for signing SB 657 and SB 527. Taken together will these new state laws will allow cannabis and hemp farming to be more aligned with the recently passed Federal Farm Act of 2018 and other local and state measures that help provide economic stability in cannabis cultivation.
John De Friel, CEO of Central Coast Agriculture
Currently AB-228, co-authored by State Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry and Senator Wilk, is in the State Senate after passing the Assembly.
We believe this legislation is a vital precursor to a vibrant hemp cultivation and processing market for interstate commerce. Part of this vital precursor is giving California licensed operators the ability to:
- Use dual purpose existing infrastructure from cultivation to processing, and
- Utilize independent research and testing labs just as traditional farmers and processors have done for years under the California Sherman Act and CDFA rules and guidelines.